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Unit 44: USING THE PASSIVE Units 42-43 show you how to make correct passive sentences. This unit tells you when you can use the passive. In general, we use passives more often in writing than in speaking. 1 When the agent (Unit 42) is obvious In this sentence: The enemy soldiers killed hundreds of our soldiers in the battle. we do not really need to know who killed our soldiers ; we can already guess because this is what happens every time there is a battle. So, it is better to write: Hundreds of our soldiers were killed in the battle. Here are some more examples: AGENT I was born in 1960. M y m o t h e r There has been heavy snow in the north. Several roads have been blocked and telephone The snow lines have been cut. 2 When the agent is not important In this sentence: People make bread from wheat. we are not really interested in people ; we are talking about bread. So, it is better to write: Bread is made from wheat. Here are some more examples:
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